The checklist – which was devised by BEVA, DEFRA and animal welfare charities – is designed to be placed anywhere horse owners will see it, such as stables, farriers, saddlers and veterinary practices.

BEVA has launched what it calls a “simple” and “concise” horse care checklist to help horse and yard owners ensure good biosecurity on their stables.

The checklist is designed to be placed anywhere a horse owner can see it, and can be laminated for extra durability.Speaking yesterday (March 5, 2013) at the National Equine Forum in London, Ben Mayes, past-president of BEVA, said the A3 checklist was designed to be hung on a wall anywhere a horse owner could view it – such as saddlers, farriers, stables, feed stores and veterinary practices – to help owners understand how simple it can be to minimise disease risk in horses.

Topics on the list include:

  • arrivals – what to do before and after arrival of a new horse;
  • general – every day checks and maintenance a horse needs to stay healthy and safe;
  • healthwhen to call a vet, what vaccinations are most appropriate and parasite control;
  • disease – isolation and simple biosecurity measures you can take; and
  • transport – preparations you should make for transporting your horse safely.

Mr Mayes said: “So many horse owners think biosecurity is a complicated and expensive issue. As a practising horse vet, I know that even the most simple actions can make all of the difference between health and illness, and we have designed this checklist to make it very simple for yards and horse owners to do the best for their horses.”

The list was devised with the help of BEVA, animal welfare charities and DEFRA and can be downloaded from BEVA’s website.

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